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Rare contemporary biography of the last emperor of Brazil

CAMPOS, Joaquim Pinto de.
O Senhor D. Pedro II imperador do Brasil, biographia.
Porto, typographia Pereira da Silva, 1871. 8vo. With a small portrait (5.5 x 9 cm) of the emperor of Brazil, Dom Pedro II, pasted on a separately inserted leaf before the title-page. The original orange publisher's printed paper wrappers show the title, author and imprint information set in a decorative frame on the front wrapper and a similar frame with an ornamental centre-piece on the back wrapper. Gold-tooled calf with the author, title, and year of publication lettered in gold on the front board. Bound with the original orange printed paper wrappers. [1], [1 blank], VIII, 96, [1 blank], [1] pp.
€ 1,750
Joaquim Pinto de Campos was born in Brazil, in the province of Pernambuco, in 1819. He became active in provincial politics in 1845, shortly before the Praieira revolt in Pernambuco of 1848-1849. He actively helped maintain public order during this revolt and was rewarded for it by the government by being elected as a general and provincial deputy continuously from then on. He corresponded personally with the emperor in this role, so he could write his work partly from his own observations.
In general, Dom Pedro II was well liked. His father and grandfather had helped Brazil win it's independence and he himself was seen as a good ruler. The country flourished while he was on the throne. Pinto de Campos also paints him in a positive light in his biography.
With a bookseller's label on the front paste-down (Livraria Olisipo in Lisbon). The bindings shows very slight signs of wear around the spine and corners of the boards, the edges of the leaves are very slightly browned, slight foxing throughout. Otherwise in very good condition. Innocencio IV, p. 145; cf. Stephen Basdeo, the Brazilian Revolt of 1848. Reynolds's News and Miscellany, May 2022 (read online via: https://reynolds-news.com/2022/05/22/prareira-brazilian-revolution-of-1848-stephen-basdeo/)
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